Canadian drug benefit programs

Canadian Living

By Diana Faria

Have a question about your province or territories’ drug benefit program? Here’s a list of Canada’s drug plans and where you can find out more.

Each province and territory in Canada has their own drug benefit program to help with the cost of prescription medication. In most cases, an application must be processed in order to find your deductible, co-payment and other costs associated with the drug plan. Some provinces have multiple programs for specific groups of people such as seniors, individuals needing social assistance and those with illnesses including Crohn’s disease. Below is a list of Canada’s drug benefit programs by province.


Alberta Health contracts Alberta Blue Cross to offer three different coverage plans: non-group prescription drug coverage (under the age of 65), coverage for seniors (age 65 and over) and palliative care. Find out which one is best for you here.

British Columbia

Pharmacare has several drug plans to help residents pay for their prescription drugs, the largest being Fair PharmaCare Plan. Find more information here.


The Pharmacare program’s yearly deductible has a $100 minimum and no maximum. Your deductible is calculated once your application has been processed. For more, visit here.

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